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Hair, Skincare

HIGH END LA PRAIRIE OR HIGH STREET BOOTS NO7 PROTECT & PERFECT …. WHICH GIVES ME THE SMOOTHEST, PLUMPEST SKIN?

Hi Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s blog and as everything hots up for Christmas Becky and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days in London mainly for meetings but we did get chance to window shop in Harrods and visit Oxford Street with the beautiful Christmas lights.  I know a lot of people have stayed away from London because of what happened in Paris, but I just feel like we have to carry on with our lives and so we carried on with our plans.  One of the treats that we had after feeling pretty tired from bag carrying and Christmas shopping was that we visited the amazing luxury BeautyBAR by Clarins which is in John Lewis on Oxford Street but just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the store and London, to the side of the Clarins counter.

Clarins Beauty bar

The fantastic idea behind this is that you can have 30 minute treatments to quickly help you resolve whatever your beauty skin issue.  I had the amazing Revital Eyes as my eyes were just feeling so tired from London and after 30 minutes I left feeling brightened and tightened and refreshed.  Your hands get a lovely treatment in this one and there’s also a mini massage too!  I loved it and it’s only£25.  The best bit for me is that they put some make up back onto you so you can go back into the store and carry on shopping … you don’t feel too barefaced … if you are not comfortable with that.   She used some amazing mascara on me too!!!  Becky and I decided that we would be going back for more treatments when we are down in London as it was such a pick me up!

HIGH END OR HIGH STREET?

Now onto a little experiment that I have been doing for the last few months between the high end brand of La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum and the high street/drugstore Boots No 7 brand of Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum.  On the left hand side of my face I have been using the La Prairie (priced at £129.60 in John Lewis /£144.00 in Harrods!) and on the right hand side of my face Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum priced at £23.95.  My aim – to find out if it worth spending all that money on a serum, does it make a difference? Is it worth the extra spend?

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So La Prairie’s packaging is a luxury looking pale blue and beautiful silver container and would look lovely in any bathroom.  It’s hard to find exactly what the ingredients are in La Prairie but it claims to be loaded with antioxidants and cell communicating ingredients to reproduce the look of healthy skin and the actual serum did make my skin feel soft and silky when applied.  The bottle would probably last you nearly a year and it is scented, but I didn’t mind that and I had no sensitive reaction to the product.

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Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum claims to target and tackle fine lines and that it contains peptides such as the powerful Matrixyl 3000 Plus which is the next generation peptide to help your skin look younger.  It stimulates collagen and elastic reproduction so the results keep getting better with the more you use it.  The packaging is basic, and a tube that would probably last you 6 months?

Now for the interesting bit …… what did I think?  Feeling both sides of my skin and closing my eyes to really understand the difference …. Does the side with La Prairie feel softer and smoother …Yes…. Does it feel more plumped ?  ……Yes.  But how much ????? Not a huge, huge deal.  I want to be able to say oh my goodness my skin looks and feels out of this world with La Prairie, but I can’t … all I can say is that it is better.  If money was not in the equation then it’s definitely La Prairie … but in most people’s worlds it is going to be Boots No7, isn’t it, and it’s  been proven to be doing a great job …. so better to be using this than nothing at all!!!  Hehe …. now to even my face out for the next 6 months by switching sides with the products…..lol!!!!!

DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL

Let’s get onto hair now and how in the winter, and also with dry, coloured hair, my hair needs all the help it can get!  Now here’s a lovely smelling oil from a brand that I love that contains macadamia, coconut and sweet almond oil …. ohhh that smell is gorgeous.  This lovely nourishing treatment oil for your hair can be used as a pre-wash treatment or the way I have been using it is after I have styled my hair, I pop a few drops on the top half of my fingers, rub both hands together and then sort of scrunch if on the ends and any curls or style I might have to help soften it and make it more glossy.

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You think when you put oil on your hair that it is going to make it greasy or heavy, but not at all, the trick is not to use very much and if you suffer from the frizzies, then it will help de-frizz!  What a gorgeous, great priced nourishing treatment for hair in a bottle that will last simply ages and ages and I found it at Boots for £9.99.  Just can’t stop stroking my hair now hehe …..

So that’s it for this week, as I now rush around like all women out there going into some chaotic pre-Christmas state as I still have presents to buy, still have wrapping to do … and personally don’t I just hate those lovely ladies who have them all wrapped up by now!! (secretly I probably wish that I was one of those .. but why is it that my girlies just won’t get their Christmas lists organised until the last moment ….Aaaaaagh!) Love them really.

 

Lots of love and happy Christmas Shopping xx

 

Gill

 

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Beauty, Hands, Make Up, Nails, Winter

GET THOSE CHRISTMAS RED NAILS WITH BURBERRY, NEW VELVETY SOFT LASHES FROM MAX FACTOR AND ANTI AGEING TREATMENT FOR WINTER HANDS WITH HAND CHEMISTRY

Hi Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s Blog and yes I did get to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and spent a lovely few hours there having fun.  London was amazing with all its Christmas decorations and loveliness and I am well and truly feeling festive now.  I am one of these people that always has to have a chocolate advent calendar (even though I would love the beauty ones … just cannot splurge that much on an advent calendar) … so it’s a coin that is tossed between my husband and I as to who opens the first one of the calendar … I think the object is to make sure that you have no 24, which is usually the biggest chocolate! At the moment my husband is on target to to get the 24th!!  We are not competitive at all haha…. why don’t we just buy two advent calendars you might ask?  Probably because it is more fun squabbling over one I guess!  Lovely pic of Winter Wonderland for you ….

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BURBERRY NAIL POLISH – MILITARY RED

Now onto the Beauty and this is that luxury brand that decided to come off the runway and into make up …. Burberry!!! Oh my goodness I went into their Covent Garden beautiful store and it can only be described as utter loveliness upstairs where all the cosmetics are as well, in the most beautifully designed space I think I have even seen, with luxury pull out drawers to view the collections (there are also to die for scarves up there).  Splurge worthy?  At Christmas … yes … definitely.

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For me it was the Burberry Nail Polish in Military Red which was a must have for me for the festive season.  Not only did they put it in just the cutest, loveliest little Burberry Bag, but the packaging on this has the gorgeous gold chunky contemporary top with the iconic Burberry checked print embossed on the gold.  Swoon! The actual formulation of the polish is patent pending with its quick drying formula which also contains pro Vitamin B to help strengthen and moisturise your nails.  One thing I do suffer from is dry nails and so a brand that helps by putting the moisture in there is going to be a favourite of mine.

 

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The brush is lovely to apply the polish and has a nicely rounded end which helps to make the application more precise (less of the spillage onto the fingers which I seem to be so good at!!) I use my Leighton Denny Precision Corrector to correct any little mistakes.  It covers well in two coats and then with a top coat on top looks very sexy and just right for Autumn/Winter.  This beautiful red which just has to be worn on evenings out and certainly Christmas parties is the red that is in their signature Burberry check.  Would I have liked one of these in my Xmas stocking?  You bet … £15.00 from Burberry. (Christmas lavishness!!)

 

MAX FACTOR VELVET VOLUME FALSE LASH EFFECT MASCARA

Mr Max Factor invented the first mascara wand in 1958!  Since then, there have been many and he has added another one to the collection .  Velvet Volume Lash Effect Mascara Max Factor and what is the difference about this one?

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This formulation claims to be more lightweight than most others, but when I tested it, the biggest thing for me is that whereas most mascaras can feel brittle and stiff, this one leaves your lashes feeling lovely velvety soft probably because of the beeswax in it, which for me is so nice.  So the idea is because of its lightweight soft formula it doesn’t weigh your lashes down.

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I found it really defined my lashes and coated product nicely on every lash and for me it was perfect as an everyday mascara but if you were looking for glam, huge voluminous lashes then this probably isn’t the perfect mascara for you.  It lasted all day and I really love it.  The best price I found it for was £9.99 at Boots.

HAND CHEMISTRY EXTREME HYDRATION CONCENTRATE

I truly think that our lovely hands need as much love as our faces (they don’t get it though, do they?) and then one day you look down at your hands and realise that they need some help!! Hand creams are amazing for adding moisture and have the most amazing scents but this latest winter skin busting hand treatment from Hand Chemistry contains 24 per cent of active ingredients from marine and plant sources which penetrate deep below the surface too.  It’s kind of balm like in texture and not at all sticky so it doesn’t seem like a traditional hand cream in that sense and it leaves an invisible layer on top of your hands which locks moisture in too.

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This product is all about anti-ageing in the hands and that’s probably why I love it, because it says you get some results in 24 hrs and then others within 10 days … it just keeps on working if you apply it morning and night.  Certainly I noticed more plumpness, and a beautiful smoother, better texture which definitely makes the hands look younger.   The money in this company has gone into costly ingredients and research rather than fancy packaging, however, although I love it as a treatment hand cream, I will still be adding my traditional hand cream on top = Best of Both Worlds.  This was £18.99 online and £19.99 at Boots.

That’s it for this week of Beauty Goodies and it’s now time to go and get that Christmas Tree organised.   I so love Christmas.

Lots of love to you all.

 

Gill xx

 

Beauty, Hair

EVE LOM’S AMAZING ICONIC CLEANSER AND SOME FOOT FITNESS TO HELP KEEP THOSE TOES STRAIGHT AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN IN YOUR GORGEOUS LABOUTINS!

Hello Lovelies

Another week and I have had the absolute pleasure of enjoying it in the Maldives and even though I am slightly mosquito bitten (my husband has no bites and I have quite a lot – must be down to my rare blood group! ) it has been an amazingly chilling time and all I can say is if you ever get the chance to go … it truly is a paradise of a place! I have loved it and for my husband and I it is a chance to enjoy some time together in the at times, crazy life, that we all lead, and for me (the girls always laugh at me) but I am someone that comes away from a holiday with something that i am going to change, or make better in my life.

I thought you would love this Maldivian sunset as it’s one of my favourite photos and i just find it so beautiful and calming to look at.

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FOOT FITNESS BASTIEN GONZALEZ
Let’s get onto some beauty ladies …..I went for a pedicure at the spa here on this beautiful island and had a fabulous pedicure there in the studio of the famous podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez who counts Elle McPherson as one of his clients, and whilst I was there I showed the girl there my bunion on my right foot. This is probably from the days when I worked in London when stilettos were the order of the day, be it on the tube or just walking along the street and this was long before that sensible habit of wearing flat shoes to run for the tube and walk about the streets and then just whipping your stilettos out of your handbag for the meeting or the lunch, long before we ever succumbed to that or thought in our younger days that that was a good idea!! inevitably fuelling the foot surgeon’s bank balance in our later lives – lol … even Victoria Beckham has large bunions poor thing!.

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Well Laboutins aren’t going away and neither are all the lovely shoes (although I can’t wear as high a heel now as I used to be able to). And I am sure I am not alone … all you lovely ladies out there who have worn stilettos and even flip flops can bring on bunions – your toes are trying to wrap round the little strap in-between the big toe and the next one – all putting pressure in the wrong places. Anyway, I digress, she showed me one of these Workouts for The Toes – a pair of soft blue gel toe dividers really is what it is and I just put some body oil on my feet to just help ease the gels onto it. The idea is that you do this for 30 mins a day and it helps all the muscles relax, circulation increases and it helps in trying to straighten them all out. (A great excuse too to sit down with that cup of tea or G & T and relax for 30 minutes!)

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I can already feel that it is stretching and helping to straighten my toes so that they feel a lot better. Hey I know it probably won’t permanently sort my bunion out (that would be a miracle), but I am hoping that it maybe might stave off a foot operation for a good while yet!! Although I got mine in the Maldives you can order them on Amazon. I have never seen them before so I am going to give them a go!!! They aren’t just for people like me – they are for everyone who spends their days on their feet, cramps them into stilettos etc.

CHARLES WORTHINGTON THICKER AND FULLER CONDITIONER
Holiday hair is always a concern and put in the mix with the fact that for me – the thicker the better and that I need all the help that I can get! So for this holiday I picked up from Boots the Charles Worthington Thicker and Fuller Conditioner. I know that there is a shampoo in the range also but I wanted to stick with my SP Colour Save Shampoo to try and keep the colour as much as possible too. This is a turbo charged conditioner containing keratin to help with hair strengthening and although some thickening shampoos can dry your hair out, I am pleased to say this one didn’t.

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Smelling gorgeous, super light in texture (which I always like), yet really conditioning too I have used it all the time that i have been out here and am so pleased to say that my hair has been super silky and has had some volume, and in the humidity over here, that’s a tough thing for me to achieve and I have been abusing my hair in the salty sea snorkelling (oh how amazing that was!). At £6.99 , will I be re-purchasing? And the answer is yes.

EVE LOM CLEANSING BALM
Described by Vogue as the best cleanser in the world and created by the iconic British Facialist Eve Lom … how have I not tried this amazing balm before? I managed to get it in a lovely sample size where it comes with a good sized amount of the balm and the lovely cotton muslin cloth that comes with it. Using a pea sized amount and warming it first in my hands it literally melts away foundation and also the waterproof make up I was wearing and then I put the cloth in warm water and held it over my face to open up the pores and then gently wiped everything away and did this about three times.

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What a lush way to cleanse your face – it felt more like a treatment than a cleanse. I then just put the cloth in cold water and held that to my face after to close the pores. How did my skin feel? Amazingly smooth and soothed. The reason for this is that the cleanser balm contains aromatic plant oils which decongest the pores and it also very gently exfoliates the skin. Copied by loads but its the way it cleanses the skin and then balances it that makes the difference. This is going to be such a great cleanser for the winter months when my skin changes to being much drier. Definitely a gorgeous luxury cleanser that I am in love with .

That’s it for this week and I will be back in the cooler climate of Nottingham next week … putting my layers and probably the heating on!

Lots of Love as Always

Gill xx

Beauty, Make Up

TRILOGY’S AMAZING EVERYTHING BALM, CAUDALIE’S NIGHT INFUSION CREAM AND MAC’S VAMPLIFLY LIPGLOSS – WOW!

Hello Lovelies

This week sees me writing this from the sunbed in the Maldives and I am oh so happy (who wouldn’t be?) as I listen to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore and look up to the most amazing, relaxing scene on the horizon. But life isn’t totally perfect … if it makes you feel any better then I have just been bitten by a mosquito so I have had to get the spray out! (They seem to like my blood!) But that’s a small price to pay for being in one of the world’s most beautiful places. I am away here with my workaholic husband, as I have learnt it is one of the few places that helps him relax … even though we have wi fi here so he can still keep in touch via emails etc.

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This week I was lucky enough to attend a Charity Dinner in aid of such a good cause and I took the occasion to get suitably glammed up and used this as the subject for this week’s video on YouTube. I like to give and help local charities where I can.

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Anyway let’s get onto some Beauty!

TRILOGY EVERYTHING BALM
If your skin type is dry, and even if it isn’t and you just have some dry patches in places, imagine a balm that can do so many things. Trilogy’s Everything Balm is a nourishing and protecting balm that I have tried using on my cuticles, my lips, my hands, my elbows, my feet and even underneath my eyes, in fact I have brought it away with me because it does so many things. If you had really dry skin you could also use it as a cleansing balm to remove make up etc, but my skin is combination and I have to be careful not to put something that is so moisturising on it.

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It comes in a pretty tin and is a very rich, oily solid balm with high quality natural ingredients that helps you feel good about what you are putting on your skin. After swirling your fingers around in it, it kinda melts into your skin to leave it feeling nourished with a lavender/herbally scent to it, which I don’t mind and because it doesn’t have coconut or shea butter in then it doesn’t tend to block your pores either. All in all a great product for dry, sensitive skin and one that I put in my bathroom bag to bring away but equally it could sit in my handbag when I am home for the colder winter weather that is a coming and I am also thinking of taking it skiing with me in the winter to deal with those chapped lips and help prevent windburn.. So many uses for this gorgeous little tin!!

CAUDALIE RESVERATROL LIFT NIGHT INFUSION CREAM
Night time is a gorgeous time for us to rest our bodies in anticipation of the next day, but it is also the most important time for skin repair, which is why I try most of the time (not always – depending on how exhausted I am!) to have a good night time skincare regime. Part of the ritual that I go through is putting lovely creams on for their texture and effect too. Enter Caudalie, one of my favourite French skincare brands, who have a lovely shop in Covent Garden, but is sold in Selfridges, Space NK and online of course.

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Their magic ingredient Resveratrol, is allegedly one of the best things to come out of the anti-ageing market (or should I now say pro-ageing market?) in terms of fighting cell degeneration and helps to repair, re-build and hence re-sculpt our skin. I only had the sample size to try (I like to often just get samples to make up my mind if I am going to like it) and must say that I absolutely loved the creamy gorgeous texture and the way it instantly has the effect of firming and hydrating, particularly when used on my neck, jawline and cheeks and waking up to smooth soft skin in the morning, which is also helping to keep those nasty wrinkles at bay hehe…… Pretty pink packaging helps too of course! I think I have mentioned before that my aim next year is to go and stay at the Caudalie Spa near Bordeaux and enjoy some of their beautiful treatments in a beautiful place.

MAC VAMPLIFY LIPGLOSS
Get excited if you like intense lip gloss colour with shine ….. Wow!!!! To go to the Charity Dinner I wanted a strong red lip and do like shine so I went along to Mac and purchased their new Amplify Lip Gloss. I have never really got on that well with Mac Lipsticks and wondered what to expect with this lip gloss but I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Firstly the texture is creamy, quite moisturising but most of all really highly pigmented although there is a little bit of translucency so a bit of lip colour will be coming through too which is what I wanted.

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I went for the shade “Suggestive” which is an intense Blue-Red – Medium Dark Red with cool pinky undertones and loved the doe foot applicator which makes applying it in one swipe really easy and although I applied lip liner as well to help keep the shape, you could almost get away without it. I always apply lip primer too, particularly when wearing a darker colour and if you apply it slightly outside of your lipliner it helps to stop the darker colours bleeding. It certainly lasts for a few hours before I needed to re-apply, it has a slight vanilla scent (not really sure why it needs that, but it didn’t bother me) and all I can say is WOW!!!!! I think I am going to go back and purchase some in different colours as they have a large selection of colours and I hear that these are for a limited period only …(Why?) … so I want to make sure I have my stocks for the winter!!! I am definitely liking the strong lip.

Hope you like the photo of me at the Charity Dinner and if you haven’t watched the video to see how I achieved this look please have a watch on YouTube… Growing Old Disgracefully (of course!).

Lots of love and now off for a G & T (be rude not to !!!) xxx

Gill xxx

Beauty, Hair, Nails, Skincare

THE HERO PRODUCT THAT AUDREY HEPBURN REQUESTED AND LOVED – PHILIP KINGSLEY ELASTICISER, VOLUME FILLER FOR THOSE EYE WRINKLES AND MY FAV MOISTURISING BASE COAT FOR NAILS

Hello Lovelies

Well Autumn is well and truly here in the UK and I am loving the colours of nature reflected in the colours of make up and packaging and window dressing. Isn’t it wonderful how we have these seasons to keep us on our toes with food, fashion, make up and oh so many things? Makes life so interesting. As a child I loved Autumn and have such fond memories of just rolling in all the dry leaves and loving the crunching sound and feel against my coat as we rolled down hills. I have this wonderful creeper on my house which turns the most beautiful colour each Autumn/Fall and looks spectacular.

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Let’s get onto some Beauty and see what I have been trying:-

PHILIIP KINGSLEY ELASTICISER
Who doesn’t love a Hollywood icon like Audrey Hepburn? Well darling Audrey had problem hair like I do in the sense that it was coloured, but unlike me she was having hers styled all the time for some epic movie or appearance. She approached Philip Kingsley in his trendy London salon and asked him to create a product to help improve the condition of her constantly stressed out hair! The result is the hero product of Philip Kingsley’s range – the Elasticiser.

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It’s a pre-shampoo treatment and the way I used it was to dampen my hair but to let it dry off slightly and then apply the product and leave this on for about 40 minutes (it says 20 but I think my hair is really dry). Then I rinsed it off – this needs probably two rinses as the product is so thick and intense and it works by delivering a rush of moisture in the hair cuticle. This product can be used on all types of hair but mine is fairly straight and getting thinner by the year! Result was I can say beautiful body and shine to my hair….. so it can be done outside a treatment at the hairdressers. It’s a really beautiful treatment which I think is probably a weekly one, depending just on how dry your hair is. When your hair feels good, you feel good don’t you, so Audrey must have been one very happy lady.

EUCERIN VOLUME FILLER EYE CREAM
I am fast becoming a fan of the amazing Eucerin brand with a history of more than 100 years in the holistic dermo cosmetic approach to skincare. Perhaps its the fact that their products are free from perfume and alcohol (save that for drinking!) and non comedogenic (I had to look that up and it means it doesn’t block your pores …. I am sure you knew that anyway.) and that all means it suits my sensitive skin really well.

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This latest one I have tried targets that area which is one of the first to show signs of ageing – underneath the eyes. It helps tighten that area up by increasing the size of the volumising cells by peptides (those lovely things that we need) to help strengthen the collagen which in turn helps keep those little lines away. It has also got that lovely Hyaluronic Acid – the magic ingredient which works at surface level to increase water retention and the fantastic other thing it has is SPF 15 (why don’t more eye creams have that ?) I pop it on morning and night and although I have wrinkles, I am trying to stop them from becoming worse.

EVE SNOW BB BASE COAT
I only recently fell in love with this gorgeous London brand and loved the coral colour that I tried on my toes over Summer so I thought that I would try their BB Basecoat as my stocks of basecoat had run out and I always like to try something new. The difference with Eve Snow brands from many of the other cheaper ones is that it has benefits for your nails. Containing oils to keep more moisturised and B vitamins to help strengthen, then what I found is that my nails do really feel much less brittle than before, much healthier and their growth is helped by the B vitamins.

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It’s lovely to apply, covers really well and leaves a glossy shine of goodness and also for me, helps fill in some of the ridges I have on my nails, making it easier and a much better result when I apply the top coats. Actually you could leave this on your nails if that is the kind of look you like as its a nice glossy finish and its doing your nails good too. That combined with the gorgeous bottle too – I love the fact it has a little indent in it half way down as it helps you to grip on the bottle. Many a bottle of nail varnish has ended up slipping out of my hands and smashing onto a hard tiled floor ….oops! Oh … did I mention that it was quick drying too? This has to be my most favourite base coat.

Hoping you have enjoyed the reviews this week and sending you my love.

Gill xxx

Beauty, Hair, Make Up, Nails

WANT MORE MOISTURISED NAILS USING NAIL POLISH? I PUT EVE SNOW’S POLISH TO THE TEST, A TOO FACED BLUSHER THATS JUST TOO CUTE AND THE SWOONWORTHY HOURGLASS LIGHTING PALETTE

Welcome back Lovelies

This Friday has found me back in the UK and positively shivering when I returned … what has happened to our temperatures? We have truly gone into Autumn and I need to be doing some serious thinking about planning an Autumn wardrobe as last year I didn’t buy very much and have very few sweaters to see me through. My problem is I am a “throw on a dress and some heels” kinda gal! Going to be shivering a lot then! Does everyone feel like that when they get back from somewhere fairly warm … put the heating on and how are we going to survive haha? I haven’t actually put the heating on yet, but I have an Aga in my kitchen which I have kept going on low all year round as I can’t bear to be cold. I had a great time in France at the World Rowing Champs where I am pleased to say GB came first in the medals section, so it was exciting times and great to catch up with so many people. Here’s a little shot of the beautiful Lake Aiguebelette on the day my nephew was rowing (for Australia actually).

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EVE SNOW NAIL POLISH
Now onto some beauty and how would you feel about using a nail polish that is probably the most moisturising I have ever used and doesn’t leave yellow staining on your nail? As you readers will know, I love nail polish and use many brands but trying this latest one by Eve Snow has been different. Right from the glossy way that the polish looked and the richness of colour, I knew that this was different from a lot of brands and the reason for this is that it contains Vitamin E, Argan Oil and Ginkgo Biloba whose properties help to nourish the nail and it is also a brand with fewer toxins in too.

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I tried this out on my nails a few days before a trip to France where I wanted a nice coral colour to show off my toes and the shade I have is Sunrise Glow. It goes on beautifully and you could almost get away with one coat, but because I was going away for a while I applied two. Ten days on, it still looks glossy and rich in colour, is only very slightly chipped and my nails look and feel so much healthier than a normal varnish would leave them. My toes love it and I am super impressed. Brought out by a 26 year old girl who could obviously see a gap in the market for a great product, which has won a few beauty awards and also give back a percentage of the profits to charity. They sell it in Boots and Marks and Spencers and there is a pretty good colour range too – something for everyone and for each season and it is £14. I am definitely going to be buying an Autumnal shade to try and this one will make it onto my fingernails too!

TOO FACED LOVE FLUSH
Now I can be glam, but I also like cute and my daughters knew that I would love this compact when they brought it me from the US. So many blushers come in clumpy boxy containers and this lovely new range from Too Faced comes in a gorgeous sweetheart packaging design which opens up to include a cute heart mirror and a sweet rabbit design within the blush which makes it a fun addition in my make up bag as it is perfect for travelling as well. Don’t you find, that along with the lipstick the blusher is not far behind to fade, and this new one from Too Faced lasts all day once you have applied it.

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The colour I have it in is called Baby Love and is a lovely natural looking blush with a hint (and only a hint) of a gold shimmer in it, making it a perfect blush for the Autumn/Winter and one which would suit all skin tones. It’s really pigmented, so don’t be heavy handed when applying this otherwise you will get a bit of a shock and the blush is super soft to the touch, so really luxurious too. It’s the kind of blush that you would wear every day and it would give you a lovely glow and one which makes me smile every time I take it out of my make up bag.

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE
How many times have I admired this little beauty as a gorgeous palette of finishing powders and finally I succumbed and purchased one a few weeks ago. Firstly, it still is the one of the loveliest beauty products that I own and every time I open it I can’t wait to use it. It’s expensive, yes, I know, but not only is the case beautiful and the product inside but I love the effect that it has on my complexion. Designed to give you that ‘glow from within’, that ‘basking in the glow of candlelight’ look and without any airbrushing, this palette contains 3 beautiful powders to try. A friend of mine mixes them all together and applies it all over her skin to give it that soft glow that we all love, but I play about with mine a little bit more, but it is entirely up to you as to what effect you like.

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There are three powders within the palette – Dim, Incandescent and Radiant. Dim is a good match for my fair skin tone with just a hint of warmth, a soft beige which works on cool or warm tones and helps to blur any pores, Incandescent has a glow quality for areas that you want to highlight such as cheekbones, tops of eyebrows, bridge of nose etc, and Radiant is a golden beige that adds more warmth to a complexion and I either apply it with a flat foundation brush or a stippling highlighter brush. Finely milled and perfect for mature skin to give me that dewy glow of youth! I purchased mine from Space NK and have never looked back!

DOVE OXYGEN MOISTURE SOUFFLE TREATMENT
For someone that has pretty fine, limp hair – the struggle for volume and weightlessness within a product is quite hard to find so when I found Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Souffle Treatment for fine, flat hair, I thought this had my name on it so hey …. give it a go. Anything with the word ‘souffle’ in and I am hooked – a bit like I would choose a double cooked cheese souffle for a starter at meals. Yum. But hey, let’s get back to the hair… We all have so many issues with our hair that we are trying to deal with and what style we are trying to achieve and so it is usually for me a combination of products which are combined to help me to do this.

dove oygen moisture souffle

It comes in a shallow round tub and is indeed a light, mousse consistency and after shampooing I leave it for 5 minutes in my hair. (the smell is lovely). Although I am initially quite concerned that a product this light will have enough of a moisturising effect I am pleased to say that it does on me feel beautifully light and smooth and soft and with so much more volume than I would have using other shampoos and conditioners. I am thinking that this is a great summer treatment and probably one I will alternate with a richer one in the winter. There is a shampoo and conditioner within the range and I will certainly purchase those to try next time but in the meantime I definitely feel myself stroking my soft, fluffier hair more (that’s probably very annoying to lots of people!)

Hope you have enjoyed the products this week and lots of love.

Gill xx

Beauty, LIPSTICK, Skincare, Summer

SUMMER PERFUME – PRADA CANDY KISS FLORALE, KATE MOSS RIMMEL NUDES, AND GARNIER PURE ACTIVE MISCELLAR WATER SKINCARE REVIEWS

Hello Again Lovelies

How quickly did that week go? I measure my life by Fridays and when I write this blog. This week has probably been one of the quietest ones that I have had for a while, but refreshingly so, as I have had chance to actually think for a few minutes whilst walking the puppies which is so important for us all, as I think about my blog, vlog, life, goals for the future, and just being happy in my skin. I did read an article today about Helen Mirren who on reaching 70 not only said that it was “f’ing awesome” (didn’t think she quite needed to word it like that ha ha), but that the great thing about getting older was that you basically didn’t care what others thought of you. In a way I suppose I agree, in the sense that you lose a lot of the insecurities that can be so much a part of your life in your 20’s and early 30’s and you accept who you are and become so much happier with that. Smiling as I write this …..

So what have I been trying and using this week?

GARNIER PURE ACTIVE MISCELLAR WATER
My skin as it has aged has become more combination with an oil T-zone which sometimes I struggle to keep blemish free. You think as you get older that these hormonal problems are over but in fact your hormones are changing so much that it can be almost like going back to being a teenager! As part of a drugstore skincare routine I have been using for the past few weeks I have been trying the Garnier Pure Active Miscellar Water which is for combination to oily skin and sensitive skin so mine fits into this. The other part of my face is slightly towards the drier spectrum and so sometimes I use a cleanser specifically for this but sometimes I am just using this Garnier all over if I can’t be bothered to use 2 cleansers!
Garnier pure active

It’s £3.33 for 400ml which gives you 200 uses, so how economic is that? I just put it on cotton wool pads and find that it is great at removing a full face of make up and for removing mascara such as Maybelline Lash Sensational or suchlike as I just soak the Garnier into the cotton wool pad and then leave it on my eyes for a few seconds. In the morning the Garnier is perfect for mattifying my skin in order to be able to help my foundation stay perfect for as long as possible. So although you think this product is aimed at teenagers, it’s amazing how it all comes back to you. I use this product for a while, get my blemishes under control and then move back to a product that deals with more normal to dry skin, but in the summer I do suffer more from the oiliness.

KATE MOSS RIMMEL NUDES
Firstly think Kate Moss and you think about that “I don’t want to look like I am trying look” and then think Nudes, well they go with everything and a nude nail polish will certainly go with any outfit and see why the collaboration between Rimmel Nudes and Kate Moss is so successful. When I tried to buy some of the collection to do a video I was struggling to obtain the shades in both nail polishes and lipsticks … so it’s obviously a winner. She has brought out five lipsticks and some nail polishes which I shall review in next week’s blog, but I have done a video this week on a Nude look for me using these products so go have a look if you are interested. I managed to purchase 3 shades of lipstick all of which were very creamy and beautiful to apply.

rimmel nude lipsticks

Starting with no42 – the lightest of all, this shade is just lighter than my lips and would suit the classic English Rose complexion, then no 43 the next shade which is absolutely my favourite which has a slightly more blue tone and I think looked the best on me and then 48 which is a rich chocolatey, berry sort of colour which looked quite scary at first but on me looked fine on me and I actually liked for an evening colour. Not naturally being a nudes kinda gal … this helped change my opinion to realise that I might be able to wear them after all! They are £5.49 and in Boots and Superdrug.

AUSSIE FRESH MATE BODY WASH
Famous more for its hair products than its Body Wash, most people will know the great conditioner that they do, but seeing an advert on the TV, I decided I would try this out and also leave it in the shower for my husband and stepsons to use .. in fact whoever used the shower that week! (could have been anyone!)

AUSSIE BODY WASH

With most of the contents used and asking them their thoughts too the general consensus seemed to be that it is really pleasant to use, slightly fruity, it lathers up really well in the shower and leaves your skin feeling really clean (I know that’s an odd thing to say but some products don’t leave your feeling like that do they?). It contains Eucalyptus extract which helps to condition your skin, without the product costing the earth as some body washes are cheaper, aren’t they, but they certainly aren’t conditioning your skin too. I found it in Superdrug for £2.99.

DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL SHAMPOO
So now let’s move onto Hair, and I am continually fighting a battle with keeping my hair moisturised, as I colour it, and then add to that sunshine (some of you will have had more than others as we haven’t seen that much of it in the UK lately), wind, swimming in a swimming pool on your hols, and your hair can be left a bit dull and dry. So when they were giving away samples of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo (hence the smaller size in the photo) – I thought I would give this a try.

DOVE DRY OIL

Within a single shampooing I noticed a difference in my hair – which was certainly softer, smoother and silkier haha .. I felt like I was in some TV ad, swooshing my hair all around …I am always worried that putting oil into a shampoo can make it greasy but this didn’t at all, just making it silky and this is down to the African Macadamia Oil in it. Now I personally wouldn’t be using this all the time as it almost makes mine too silky and therefore flat, but if you have lovely curls or if you like your hair straight then this would be a perfect product for you. For me it’s a little pick me up occasionally in between my other shampoos. Lovely product though. LOVE This.

VO5 PLUMP IT UP DRY BACKCOMBING SPRAY
Moving on from the Dove shampoo, you will know that I suffer with flat hair that lacks that oomph factor, and I know I am not alone in that. Sometimes volume gives me a miss as I have fine hair and lots of it and because I am looking to sometimes glam it up, I am always looking for products that will volumise my hair. So….. enter gorgeous pink can from VO5 with a spray in it that you spray into dry hair, including the roots, then you give it some jujjjjjjj ? with your fingers (that indescribable scrunchy motion that you make with your fingers to give some volume) or you can use a back-combing comb with it to achieve ultimate glamour and volume.

VO5 PLUMP IT UP

It’s a great product and I am amazed at how simple it is to change your hair and doesn’t leave any nasty residue behind either . For a more casual look I have actually used this on towel dried hair – sprayed it into the roots etc and then dried my hair with my head upside down (this is a great way to get volume into your roots). What a gem of a find this one is.

PRADA CANDY FLORALE
Now let’s do some loveliness and let me just go all gooey and swoon over my latest Summer Perfume. I was feeling like spoiling myself and have never purchased any Prada perfumes before and I spied 3 of them in the Prada Candy range. Looking beautiful, the 3 of them on a gorgeous perfume podium, I had to smell all 3 of them of course. My favourite of them all turned out to be the Prada Candy “Kiss” Florale. Firstly let’s talk about the scent. I don’t like anything too floral and this one certainly isn’t. Think Peony (OMG my favourite flower) with a touch of sweetness (not too much) and then it’s got top notes of Limoncello (haha got to be good, hasn’t it ?) which makes it a little bit fresh too which is what I like. Apparently it’s inspired, as only the Italians could, by a bouquet of flowers standing on an ice cream counter. You got me here …. Italian ice cream … to die for of course … and the gorgeous scent of peonies. I am there and want to live there … in fact I want to visit that Italian ice cream shop now! You will get by now how I am totally into the imagery and as I spritz it onto my neck, wrist and clothing and one for good luck (you never know who might be hugging you and they will love this!) I am totally transported to that beautiful Italian life … haha I can’t even speak a word of Italian. But I love Italians.

prada candy florale

Anyone can wear this perfume and enjoy its gorgeousness – it will truly lift your spirits on a rainy summer’s day and it’s not an age thing, both younger and not so young will love this. So, ok, scent done, let’s just take a moment to talk about the swoon worthy ? (not sure if that is a word) packaging on this little beauty. From the gorgeous box with the lovely pink lips all over it to the lovely luxurious gold Prada wording to when you lift out this BEAUT-IFUL bottle. I love the gorgeous round shape of it – it feels wonderful to hold, the pink toned glass making it feel nice and weighty too and the lovely gold PRADA lettering standing proud of the bottle. It does look a little bottle of luxury. They certainly know how do design, don’t they? It looks so pretty on my bathroom on my shelf and I am so loving using it and wearing it. Yes, this is Summer – my favourite time of the year.

So that’s it for this week’s round up of Beauty Items and I hope you have enjoyed it. Does anyone else like this Prada perfume as much as me ?

Couldn’t resist this cute photo of the puppies asleep side by side ….Awwww xx

puppies asleep

Lots of Love as Always

Gill

xx

Beauty, Summer

MAGIC MIKE XXL PREMIERE AND KEEPING COOL AND SEXY IN THE SUMMER HEAT

Welcome to another week’s Blog and what I have been up to this week and then all things Beauty. So last night was super exciting for Becky, Holly and I as we were invited to attend the Premiere of Magic Mike XXL, walk down the carpet and face all those cameras and then watch the film. It’s a crazy kinda film with half clad men with amazing bodies.

MAGIC MIKE

Suffice it to say that girls were screaming at Channing Tatum and his cast. It was a fantastic experience for us all though and the cast came round all the cinema to speak to everyone about the film, so there was a bit of celeb spotting too. We loved it and it was the chance to put on a nice dress and meet loads of people. Good times.

Now onto Beauty …

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ASCOT LADIES, Hair, Skincare, Summer, Tanning

ASCOT LADIES DAY, ST TROPEZ’s NEW IN SHOWER GRADUAL TAN REVIEW AND SOME SUMMER RADIANCE FOR CHEEKS AND HAIR

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog … written in the passenger seat of the car hehe in a super busy week. My mini crisis this week was forgetting my phone when the girls and I went to London on business . Life has become so dependent around smart phones hasn’t it and I was smiling to myself about my anxiety about not having my phone.. not being able to contact anyone .. ridiculous really, but it’s where I am at! Apologies for the blog being slightly later up in the day but I have just got back from Ladies Day at Ascot – how I love people watching at this glamorous event. We so love our hats at Ascot and I went along with the trend of hats on Ladies Day! It is such a great event and if you can ever go to it I would really recommend it. I also managed to do a bit of celeb spotting!! (Always exciting!)

carole and me

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Hair, LIPSTICK, Skincare

SPRING MAKE UP MASCARA AND LIPSTICKS, SKINCARE AND BEAUTY WORKS HAIR

Hello again lovelies,

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Welcome to this week’s blog and another week in the life of ……. So to start of course, we had the lovely Mother’s Day, which I absolutely adore and I hope all you Mums out there were massively spoilt too on our special day. My girls arrived to cook my husband and I brunch which we thought was fantastic … so salmon and scrambled eggs and wonderful bacon etc were produced and devoured around our kitchen table. They arrived with a very large parcel (and the puppies of course to wish me Happy Mother’s Day) and my first thoughts were that it was an enormous picture – say a huge family photo of us all and I was beginning to wonder where I was going to put this enormous photo …. but when I opened the box, ha ha ….. it turned out to be a Queen of Mums Throne, which I needed to construct (supplied by the Body Shop to various Mums ) and then sit on and be treated like a Queen all day …. well, it did say constructed in 20 minutes, but if you have ever had the pleasure of building flat pack you will be well aware that it takes at least double that time, which indeed this did and it took 3 of us to work out how to assemble it. Anyway, it was a bit of fun, amongst the disagreement of which pieces went where and you can see the photo below … Needless to say I was treated like a Queen all day long.

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